While Dadonov and Vrbata took up most of the publicity, Micheal Haley was another notable offseason acquisition for the Panthers. Haley has a fair amount of NHL experience, having played 7 seasons between the Islanders, Rangers and Sharks. He probably won’t be a huge factor offensively considering he had 12 points (2G, 10A) in 68 games last year. Then again, Florida’s current captain, Derek Mackenzie, only had 16 points himself.
Haley’s main advantage as an alternate captain is his relationship with new head coach Bob Boughner. Micheal and Boughner have spent the last two seasons together as members of the San Jose Sharks. However Micheal’s new Panthers teammates aren’t as familiar with him, which might hurt his chances of being named an alternate captain.